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Life is what happens to you on a random Tuesday afternoon -- Aug 10

Friday, August 10, 2012

Sometimes life just has a way of running you through the ringer and back. The term "Stress" these last two months doesn't even begin to do things justice.

After finding a fantastic job opportunity in a very narrow medical speciality in Phoenix three years ago -- I was ecstatic to finally be moving back to Phoenix where I grew up and where my aging parents still reside. It was literally a dream job with only minor quirky issues -- and I loved it, so I bought a house, acquired two housecats and basically settled in to stay for the next 15 - 20 years.

Someone once told me that you can plan all you want for life, but that Life is really what happens to you on a random Tuesday afternoon -- and how you deal with it. More profound words could not have been uttered, although I didn't know it at the time. But the Tuesday morning before the 4th of July, I went to work to find out that I was being laid off. While I could bore you with the details and seeming unfairness of the whole situation -- the bottom line was they needed to restructure because there wasn't enough work. Great. Walking out of that office, I knew the likelihood that I would need to move out of state to find another desirable job was very high.

So my last month has involved unexpected time off -- which I wish I could have enjoyed more had it not involved a frantic job search, resumes, applications and interviews. I have been very fortunate to find a new job -- several to choose from actually -- although I am saddened because it seems so far far away from my parents.

In the meantime, I am trying to coordinate selling/renting a house that I will most likely lose money on in the Phoenix economy, looking to find a place to move to (rent) at least initially, and packing up and saying goodbye to the valley. I think in many ways, it will be a new adventure to embark on, even if it wasn't something I necessarily would have gravitated to. Change is always difficult.

So while I have not yet been the most dedicated exerciser (which I know would help with the stress level -- but there's only so much I can seem to manage right now and still hold things together) -- my food choices has been relatively good and I'm continuing to make progress. I didn't officially start with the sparkpeople until this week -- although had unofficially started working on my own personal plan since the month before.

So here's to putting one foot in front of the other and taking it one day at a time.

Thanks for reading!


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REVSERENA 8/15/2012 7:27PM

    When I look back at my life there was never a moment when I could have accurately answered the question, "Where will you be in five years?"
Life is full of surprises!
It really is a blessing in the current economy to have job offers to choose from, but that doesn't reduce the stress, or the grief at needing to move away from your parents. If you can work in the occasional walk around the block, or a few yoga poses throughout the day the stress reduction will be well worth it.
Best of luck with your transitions, and your journey to your healthiest self!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 8/11/2012 12:26AM

    Wow, that's a lot of stress. Give yourself credit for all you are doing and the attention you are giving to your body now so it doesn't get out of control. Good luck!

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ZZYYGGY3 8/10/2012 8:01PM

    Great job. Try exercising in 10 minute chunks that might help some of the stress.

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HEALTHY-SPARK 8/10/2012 3:05PM

    Thanks! I'm sure that it will -- a little stress is probably good for the soul. :-)

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    Good luck. emoticon emoticon

Hope everything starts getting better for you soon.

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